Pelosi: We're Giving 'Nothing for the Wall'

White House calls Democrats' plan to end shutdown 'non-starter'

White House calls Democrats' plan to end shutdown 'non-starter'

Democratic leaders after a meeting at the White House told reporters they would continue to push their own legislation to reopen the U.S. federal government after President Donald Trump failed to provide a good reason for not ending the shutdown.

The impasse will therefore continue, as Republicans still control the Senate and say they will not pass the funding bills without Mr Trump's approval.

The cabinet meeting came ahead of a border security briefing behind closed doors in the White House Situation Room - generally used for high-level security concerns such as military planning - for congressional leaders by U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials.

The option was called "a non-starter" by White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in a statement late on January 1.

In Twitter comments, Trump has continued to push for wall funding, $5 billion as a down payment on the barrier that could cost more than $20 billion, while Democrats have offered to approve $1.3 billion for other border security efforts, but not the wall. Before meeting the Democrats, Mr Trump called the border a "sieve", rebutted Ms Pelosi's complaint that a wall was immoral, provided an estimate of the USA illegal immigrant population far higher than the figures most experts cite and made disputed comments about progress towards building a wall.

Asked by NBC's Savannah Guthrie if she was willing to give up any money specifically for the border wall, Pelosi said "no".

Trump insists the wall is needed to address what he called a sievelike border, while opponents say the wall would be ineffective and expensive.

The second part of the package would fund federal agencies that are now unfunded, such as the Justice, Commerce and Transportation departments, through September 30.

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Trump's response about looking foolish was confirmed by a White House official and another person familiar with the exchange, neither of whom was authorized to describe the exchange by name.

Trump remains committed to "an agreement that both reopens the government and keeps Americans safe", she said.

The White House is trying to convince Democrats that funding a wall on the border with Mexico is a matter of national security. But when pressed in private by Democrats asking why he wouldn't end the shutdown, he responded at one point, "I would look foolish if I did that". "We're talking about border security", she said.

For Trump, taking a strong stand and refusing to compromise on funding for his signature border wall is a way to fulfill a key campaign promise to his supporters. "So we'll just have to see how it comes", she said.

Alexandra Pelosi, daughter of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, has given some candid analysis on her mother's leadership style, saying that the politician "will cut your head off" when asked by CNN how she approaches politics.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump invites congressional leaders to White House amid shutdown Trump to Pelosi: 'Let's make a deal?' Top 5 races to watch in 2019 MORE (R-Ky.) has said he would not bring any spending bill to the floor that Trump himself has not publicly endorsed. "We are giving him a Republican path to do that".

"Speaker Designate Nancy Pelosi released a plan that will not re-open the government because it fails to secure the border and puts the needs of other countries above the needs of our own citizens", Sanders said in a statement.

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